New York Nursing Certification and Licensing
Nursing Licensing in New York
New York state is one of the best places to work as a nurse. The pay rate is high, while the cost of living in certain areas is very desirable. In the cities, cost of living can be higher, but the beautiful countryside and access to high quality labor laws make New York one of the best places to consider living and working as a nurse.
New York Nursing Schools
Throughout the state, there are many opportunities to find nursing education. In the cities there are many local nursing programs. Due to the very high demand for nurses, in New York, employers often will sponsor their employees that express a desire to be a nurse. Most require that the employee has been with the company for at least a year and will work for the company for a certain period of time after receiving their license in order to repay the company for all fees associated with becoming a nurse. There are fast track educational resources to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with some programs taking as little as nine months to complete. Bridging from LPN to Registered Nurse (RN) is available in some areas. As with most other states, the RN levels are as follows- two years for Associate's and four years for Bachelor's. New York makes it easy to find approved programs for these levels and offers many educational loans and discounts for students.
New York Licensing Requirements
Once a student has finished training, they will fill out an application for testing. This application can be downloaded from the board of nursing's website or found in the school offering training. The processing fee must be paid with this form unless the student is being sponsored or has other financial aid. The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is conducted on an as-needed basis. It is the same test that is given in all other states. Pearson Vue administers both testing and license issuance in New York. The exam has a minimum of 75 questions to complete, but more may be given to help the computer program determine if the test taker has the knowledge needed to be a licensed nurse. If the test taker passes the NCLEX, a license will be issued that day. The physical license will be mailed to the student (now a licensed nurse). Once the license is issued the new nurse may seek employment, but the employer may require a copy of the physical license before allowing the new nurse to work.
New York License Renewal
New York has a valid license period of two years. Every twenty four months nurses must renew their license. Fees are subject to change based on the decision of the board of nursing and will be listed in the renewal packet that is mailed a few weeks before the renewal is due.